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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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returned with Prince Arthur to Richmond, where he remained with his consort, Elizabeth of York, till the tenth, when the royal pair proceeded to Paynard's Castle, London ; and whilst Henry was occupied there with some matters of state, the Queen went up the Thames in her barge to Lambeth, and paid a congratulatory visit to her daughter-in-law. " On the ninth of November," says the chronicler, " Prince Arthur, with a goodly train, came through Fleet Street, London, to St. Paul's, and so to the Wardrobe Palace at Elackfriars, and there was lodged. The same day came the Infanta Katherine into Lambeth, where she, with her ladies, was lodged in the Archbishop's palace. On the Friday following, about two o'clock in the afternoon, the Infanta, accompanied with many lords and ladies, in most sumptuous apparel, came riding from Lambeth into Southwark, and so to London Bridge, where there was ordained a most costly pageant of St. Katherine, and the British Princess, St. Ursula, with many virgins. From thence she rode to Gracechurch Street, where there was a second pageant ; and passing this, she proceeded to the conduit in CornhiU, where another pageant met her eyes, On that day the great conduit in Cheap ran with Gascony wine, and a band of minstrels made a concert of music there. On her road down Cheap, the Infanta was entertained with several other pageants ; but the grandest was by St. Paul's Gate, through which she rode to the Bishop of London's palace, where she and her ladies were lodged. " Within the church of St. Paul's was erected a platform or stage, six feet high, and extending from the west door to the uppermost step of the choir ; in the middle of this platform was a high stand, like a mountain, which was ascended on every side with steps covered over with red worsted. Against this mountain, on the north side, was ordained a standing for the King and his friends ; and upon the south side was erected another standing, which was occupied by the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London. " Then, upon the fourteenth of November, being Sunday, Prince Arthur and the Infanta Katherine, both clad in white satin, ascended the mountain, one on the north and the other on the south side, and were there married by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by nineteen bishops and abbots. The King, the Queen, and the King's mother stood in tbe place afore-named, where they heard and beheld the solemnization, which, being finished, the archbishop and bishops took their way from the mountain across the platform, which was covered underfoot withblueray cloth, into the choir, and so to the high altar. The prelates were followed by the bride and bridegroom. The Princess Cecily bore the train of tho bridegroom, and after her followed one hundred ladies and gentlewomen, in right costly apparel. Then the Mayor, in a gown of crimson velvet, and his brethren, iu scarlet, went and sat in the choir whilst mass was said. The Archbishop of York sat in the Bean's place, and made the chief offering ; and after him came tho Duke of Buckingham. The mass being finished, Arthur publicly dowered his bride, at the church door, with one third of his income as Prince of Wales ; and afterwards the Prince and Princess were conducted, in grand procession, out of church into the Bishop's palace, where a grand feast was prepared, to which the Lord Mayor and Aldermen were invited." The city functionaries were served with plate valued at one thousand two hundred pounds ; but the plate off which the Princess dined was of solid gold, ornamented with pearls and precious stones, and worth twenty thousand pounds. " It was wonderful," says Hall, " to behold the costly apparel and the massive chains of gold worn on that day. Sir Thomas Brandon, the master of the King's horse, wore a gold chain, valued at one thousand four hundred pounds. Rivers, the master of the King's hawks, wore a chain worth one thousand pounds ; and many of the other chains worn were worth from two to three hundred pounds each. The Duke of Buckingham wore

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